Learning Journey

Through five core modules, in-store implementations, and an in-store project, Pathway provides you with the critical business management and leadership skills you need to succeed in leading your own Specsavers business.


Self-Development & Change Management

Before beginning to understand the techniques involved in successfully leading others, it is important to begin with effective self-leadership, and this module is all about you. We will take you through a variety of concepts that encourage both self-understanding and development to set you up for success in your Pathway journey.

From here, we then provide you the tools and resources on how to effectively champion change management for your projects and beyond. We teach key fundamental elements to ensure you are leading change in an impactful and successful manner.


Leading others and teams is both a highly rewarding, enriching experience that does on occasion present challenges. The key focus of this module is to set you up for success with all the skills and knowledge you need to confidently lead your team’s growth, whilst also eliminating any challenges you may face along the way. The topics covered include building high performing teams, managing performance, giving feedback, and handling difficult conversations for positive outcomes.

Commercial Impact

The leading commercially module opens with learning the key financial principal’s essential to leading any successful business. Once you have obtained knowledge in the fundamental financial areas, we then take you through how to interpret the financial information provided to you as a store partner and how to utilise it to maintain business growth. The topics covered include, profit and loss, balance sheets. debtors and banking reports.

Operational Excellence

This module covers all the key information on best practice, customer journey and operations in addition to insights on life as a Specsavers Joint Venture Partner.

Additional Development Activities

Implementation Activities

A number of activities will take place outside of the module training to support your learning, allow you to consolidate your knowledge, and provide you with opportunities to apply and practice your new skills.

Pathway Guide & Pathway Workbook

Our Pathway Guide designed to guide you through the Pathway program, including the process to Partnership, Pathway modules, Pathway implementation activities, Pathway project, and an overview of the Final Assessment.

As part of your Pathway journey, you will also be provided a Pathway Workbook for you to lean on as a resource during each of your modules.

Both of these together will be pivotal to your success in planning your project and understanding your implementations in preparation for your assessments.

Pathway Assessment Milestones

Pre-assessment Assessment

Once you are nominated by your store directors and Specsavers Regional Relationship Managers, you will be invited to sit your Pathway Pre-assessment session.

The panel comprised of your Regional Relationship Manager and a member of the Pathway team will seek to understand your foundations for growth through the Pathway program and towards partnership. This will be done through a combination of behavioral style questions and a case study activity.

Midpoint Assessment

Part way through your Pathway journey, you will be assessed through a mid-point assessment. At this milestone, you will be assessed on your growth so far against the Pathway capabilities. This gives the team supporting your journey an indication if you require any additional supports and also allows us to begin your JVP aspirations discussion.

Final Assessment

The final stage of Pathway is an assessment to evaluate your level of development and to identify suitable timelines for your progression into partnership. You will present your learning journey to a panel of key Specsavers Support team members to demonstrate what you have learned from the program as well as your capability as a leader. In addition, the final assessment involves a financial awareness test, a project presentation, and a role play of a difficult conversation.


Upon completion of Pathway, you will:
  • Have an in-depth understanding of the Specsavers business, our values and culture
  • Have knowledge and skill to lead great customer experiences within your business environment
  • Identify your personal leadership preferences
  • Develop your own coaching style to grow and lead your team
  • Ability to handle difficult conversations to reach desired outcomes
  • Have the skills and knowledge to effectively plan and implement change
  • Understand profit and loss accounts and how to analyse a store’s financial performance
  • Have the knowledge to run the Specsavers business model and achieve commercial success
  • Be considered for upcoming Specsavers Joint Venture Partnership opportunities

Future Partner Forum

Future Partner Forum is the next phase of the development journey for Pathway graduates while they await a suitable Specsavers partnership opportunity. The forum sets to further enhance leadership skills and commercial acumen, preparing them for business ownership.

Ready to take the next step towards Specsavers partnership?